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November 18, 2013

Remains may be of Eufaula family

They haven't been seen since October 2009

Identification of skeletal remains of three people found Saturday in Latimer County could be a lengthy process, state officials said.

The state Medical Examiner’s Office is conducting tests to determine whether the remains are those of a Eufaula family who disappeared in 2009.

Bobby, Sherilyn, and Madyson Jamison were reported missing in October 2009. Their pickup was discovered near the San Bois Mountains in Latimer County. An extensive search was conducted, but the Jamison family was not found.

“Depending on the features of these remains and their state or preservation, identification can take anywhere from days to years,” states a media release from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

Medical examiners will use anthropological and, if necessary, forensic pathological methods to determine whether the remains belong to the Jamisons.

Latimer County Sheriff Jesse James said the remains were found about 5 p.m. Saturday by a deer hunter.

James said the remains were found 2.7 aerial miles northwest of where the pickup was located in 2009.

James and several other members of the sheriff’s department secured the area until representatives of the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, FBI, Haskell County Sheriff’s Office and the Medical Examiner’s Office arrived. An intensive investigation of the scene was conducted.

“The area where the human remains were found is a very rugged, mountainous region, making search efforts more difficult,” an OSBI media release states. “No evidence at the scene aided in the identification of the remains, which were turned over to the State Medical Examiner’s Office.”

Bobby Jamison’s uncle Jack said the discovery brings closure.

“Not knowing — especially the little girl — she did nothing to cause something like that. It brings closure,” Jack Jamison told The Associated Press. “That’s about all I can say. It’s sad. It’s about what we expected.”

Although it’s not yet definitive that the remains are of his nephew and family, all evidence points to it being them, said Jack Jamison, who was contacted by the FBI about the discovery. He said he had no hope the family was alive four years later, and he believed foul play had to be involved.

In 2009, then-Latimer County Sheriff Israel Beauchamp said that a landowner in the Red Oak area last saw the family Oct. 8.

Hunters discovered the family’s pickup about a week later — Oct. 17 — at a remote well pad site near a 40-acre plot the family was considering buying.

An air-and-ground search involving more than 300 volunteers and dozens of law enforcement officers was launched. A wallet, purse, cell phones, cash and Madyson’s small dog were found inside the truck.

There were no signs of foul play, and it appeared the family had planned to return to the truck.

Heavy rains hit the area during the time the family went missing, but Beauchamp said he didn’t think the creek would be strong enough to sweep away the adults. He said both Bobby and Sherilyn Jamison were disabled and did not work. The family was originally from the Oklahoma City area but had moved to Eufaula and often traveled to time-share units around the country.

Bobby Jamison was 44, Sherilyn Jamison was 40, and their daughter, Madyson, was 6 at the time of the disappearance.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Reach Anita Reding at (918) 684-2903 or areding@muskogeephoenix.com.

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